Review – Stolen Time by Danielle Rollins

Title Stolen Time (Dark Stars #1)

Author Danielle Rollins

Release Date March 26, 2019

Description from Amazon

Seattle, 1913

Dorothy spent her life learning the art of the con. But after meeting a stranger and stowing away on his peculiar aircraft, she wakes up in a chilling version of the world she left behind—and for the first time in her life, realizes she’s in way over her head.

New Seattle, 2077

If there was ever a girl who was trouble, it was one who snuck on board Ash’s time machine wearing a wedding gown—and the last thing he needs is trouble if he wants to prevent his terrifying visions of the future from coming true.

Initial Thoughts

This book was on my radar back in 2019 but I didn’t want to read it until the sequel was out in 2020 – more on that in my review of Twisted Fates.

Some Things I Liked

  • I like the contrast between the two versions of Seattle that we got to see. Seattle isn’t a super common setting for novels and I really liked that it was used here. I feel like I’m a somewhat of a Seattle expert after binge watching all eleven seasons of Fraser last yer.
  • The rules of time travel. I liked how the guidelines were established. I also really enjoyed the Professor’s journal entries regarding his experiments and notes on the subject. Time travel novels often leave out critical elements rendering the science itself a bit shaky. I found the science here pretty sound.
  • Moral ambiguity. I loved the moral dilemma our characters faced in regard to time travel itself. How do they decide what to do and who to potentially save? I loved the debate between the characters.

One Thing I Wasn’t Crazy About

  • Cliffhanger ending. I didn’t love that ending. However, I kinda saw it coming, which is why I waited to read this book until the sequel was out.

Series Value

I would definitely continue with this series. Right now, I know that there are two books out but I believe there are plans for a third.

Final Thoughts

I enjoyed this book. As I’ve said many times, sci-fi isn’t my usual cup of tea but I really enjoyed the historical fiction elements woven into this story as well as the moral grey-ness of the characters.


Recommendations for Further Reading

  • Scythe by Neal Shusterman – if you liked the idea of society after a “great change” – and you like sci-fi, try this series.
  • The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig – if you liked the time travel elements of this book, try this duology.
  • Passenger by Alexandra Bracken – again, if you liked the time travel elements as well as the ideas of self-fulfilling prophecy, try this series by Alexandra Bracken.
  • Twisted Fates by Danielle Rollins – if you like this series, definitely keep reading and check out the next book in the series. It only gets better.

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